By CapitalG Investors Laela Sturdy and Alex Nichols

There’s an unquestionable delight in shopping for things you love. Whether you’re thrifting for clothes with friends, digging through crates of vinyl and discussing your finds with the owner, or finding a rare sports card at a garage sale, these experiences are special because of the thrill of the hunt, the excitement of discovery, and the exhilaration that comes from sharing your finds with others.

But despite decades of growth, the online browsing and shopping experience has stagnated. Today’s ecommerce platforms are designed for situations in which consumers start shopping only once…


By CapitalG GTM Board Advisors Mike Henry, Managing Director, US Financial Services, Google & Adam Khalifa, Head of EMEA Financial Services, Google

The effects of COVID-19 have reminded us all that nothing is more important than our health and safety. But the disproportionate impacts across socioeconomic lines have laid bare yet again that financial well-being has a significant impact on physical and mental health.

Various news outlets have reported that COVID-19 brought a sharp rise in poverty levels and inequality. At Google, we’ve seen tangible evidence of consumer distress: searches for “financial help” tripled at the beginning of the pandemic…


October 2019 was the first month of the last full business quarter before Covid-19 upended the world. For Google Cloud VP Customer Success (CS) Carlos Granda, monumental tasks lay ahead: to forge a new customer success Go-To-Market (GTM) for Google Cloud, which meant he had to hire, train, and ramp the best customer success managers (CSM) remotely; and to support a growing multi-billion dollar infrastructure and software business. In effect, Carlos needed to design, define, develop and create a world-class customer success organization and do it in the middle of a global pandemic.

Now nearly two years later, with CS…


As part of our Growth Profiles series, we’d like to introduce you to senior operating partner Johan Duramy. Read on to learn about how Johan helps fast-growing companies scale, what he’s learned from leading teams at Google and CapitalG, and the qualities that characterize extraordinary founders.

What is your role at CapitalG, and what led you to join the VC world?

Johan: I lead our growth team, which helps companies scale after we’ve invested in them. And I also lead our data science team to identify promising investment opportunities.

I’ve always been drawn to diverse challenges that force me to learn quickly. Before CapitalG, I primarily held COO or chief of staff roles. My first…


We regularly invite industry leaders to join our portfolio CEOs and other leaders to discuss hot topics that are relevant and timely for hyper-growth environments. In this recent session, the conversation was all about the challenges, nuances and triumphs of inclusive hiring — and how it can help propel successful organizations to greater heights.

Our featured leaders were Netta Jenkins, VP Global Inclusion, Unqork and co-founder, Dipper (ourdipper.com); Wade Davis, VP Inclusion/Product, Netflix; Verna Myers, VP Inclusion Strategy, Netflix; and Sherika Ekpo, Chief D&I Officer, Anaplan. …


Huge congratulations to Vlad, Baiju and the entire Robinhood team as they become a publicly traded company.

By CapitalG investors David Lawee and Sumi Das

When we first met Robinhood founders Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt in 2017, we were immediately struck by their bold and differently imagined future for the brokerage industry. Before they created Robinhood, existing brokerages had primarily focused on wealthy investors with liquid assets north of $100,000. Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, Vlad and Baiju wanted to democratize finance by making it easy for regular people to become stock market investors. …


Huge congratulations to Luis, Severin and the entire Duolingo team on becoming a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq.

By CapitalG investors Laela Sturdy and Alex Nichols.

We met Duolingo co-founders Luis Von Ahn and Severin Hacker in early 2015. In our first meeting with the founders, I don’t think we talked about a single metric.

Instead, we discussed their vision for Duolingo: to become the company that makes high-quality education accessible to every person across the globe, regardless of where they live and how much money they possess. It was immediately clear that Duolingo’s mission was Luis and Severin’s…


Our most recent conversation in part 3 of our Return-to-Office series is about best practices and technology enablement for hybrid work environments. With so many companies facing new configurations for employees and work planning, it’s vital to put the right tools and programs together with fresh thinking about productivity and an evolving work culture.

Need to catch up on the RTO series? Here’s part 1 and part 2.

Our guest for this session was Jay Shirley, Head of Tech Enablement and Remote Hub Site Lead at Stripe. Jay has worked remotely for 15 years and managed teams at Stripe for…


As part of our ongoing Growth Profiles series, meet Ulku Rowe, Technical Director in the Office of the CTO at Google Cloud and CapitalG Advisor. Read on to learn why she thinks financial services, long a leader in technology transformation, is still ripe for innovation and growth.

Ulku is a Technical Director in the Office of the CTO at Google Cloud, working with financial services industry players to help power their digital transformation. Before joining Google, she was a Managing Director of Technology at J.P. Morgan Chase and at Bank of America. Ulku holds an M.S. degree in computer science…


I first met 20 Minute VC podcast host Harry Stebbings four years ago when I went on his stand-out venture-focused podcast for the first time. Since then, he and I have stayed in touch, sharing perspectives on new markets, companies and trends, and I’ve been delighted that my colleagues David Lawee, Gene Frantz and Derek Zanutto have all joined him on his program. Harry has made it his vocation and avocation to understand the inner workings of great investors and entrepreneurs, but he is quite the entrepreneur himself having built a podcast that has amassed more than 450,000 subscribers and…

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